The Municipal Chief Executive of Ejura-Sekyedumase Mohammed Salisu Bamba has assured residents of his administration’s commitment to fight the armed robbery menace in the area and make it one of the peaceful areas in the Ashanti Region.
Ejura and its environs are noted to be armed robbery prone areas with mostly market women being attacked by armed robbers while on their journey.
In November 2018, some 20 passengers were robbed at Nkyensie near Ejura. Six armed men robbed the passengers while inside a vehicle. Money, mobile phones and other valuables were stolen.
Many residents had their motorbikes and tricycles seized when they reached the roadblock put up by the robbers.
The passengers were also subjected to severe beatings by the robbers in almost two hours of the robbery incident.
“They slapped, took all our bags and asked me to undress my child so they could see if I was hiding any money in his clothes,” one victim narrated.
Speaking to host Henry Lord on Ejura based Naagyei FM, Hon. Mohammed Salisu Bamba stated that the Assembly has voted substantial funds to boost security and ensure law abiding residents go about their legitimate businesses safely and peacefully.
“Though there are pockets of issues, the crime rate has generally improved significantly. When you look at the road from Ejura to Aframso you’ll realize that the trees along the sides of the road which served as a hiding place for armed robbers were cut down by officials of Forestry Commission to clear the area. We’ve also decided to relocate the police barrier to the armed robbery spot, you’ll also realize that we’ve stationed police officers permanently at Aframso to ward off armed robbers. The National Highway Patrol team is also helping in providing security in the area.
“We’re not going to rest on our oars in the fight against armed robbery. The Assembly’s expending is very high compared to other assemblies and we’ve resolved that we’ll put the resources to good use to ensure Ejura and its environs are safe.”